Field Day 2018

April 25, 2018
7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
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Culpeper Sports Complex
16358 Competition Drive
Culpeper, VA 22701

Walk-up on-site registration is available! The 2018 Field Day is on April 25th and our host is Culpeper County Parks and Recreation at Culpeper Sports Complex 16358 Competition Drive, Culpeper, VA 22701.  This is a one day event that includes recertification for commercial pesticide applicators (3A, 3B, 10, and 60) and nutrient management planners (1 CEU).   The morning program is our field day program and includes many hands-on demonstrations.  Attendees that would like recertification for NMP will need to attend the morning program.  Pesticide applicator recertification requires attending the morning program and the afternoon portion at Lenn Park 18063 Stevensburg Road, Culpeper VA 22701. (Approximately 10 min. from the first location.)


Field Day and Recertification Part 1.

Culpeper Sports Complex 16358 Competition Drive, Culpeper, VA 22701


7:30 – 8:30 AM Registration and Recertification Sign-in.  Breakfast provided by Luck Ecosystems.

 Drinks provided by Growth Enhancer Turf Consultants

 8:30–9:20 AM Dormant bermudagrass establishment.  (Sponsored by Trinity Turf) This in field presentation will detail the practical tips for bermudagrass establishment from either seed and/or sprigs.  This presentation will outline the importance and options in pest control at establishment and beyond for improving application techniques and the quality and health of the bermudagrass as well as grow-in fertility programs.   T-2, T-4, T-5, T-6, T-7 (50 min)

Dr. Mike Goatley, Professor, Virginia Tech ; Mike Skelton, Culpeper County Parks Superintendent


9:30 AM – 12:00 PM Small group breakout sessions (45 min each)

 I. Shop, Storage and Innovations – (Sponsored by Smith Turf and Irrigation) Unique tools for managing ball and other sports fields.  Discussion of efficient storage solutions for equipment.  Overview of pesticide application techniques and equipment for efficient calibration for small scale applications.  T-1, T-3, T-4 (45 min)

Mike Skelton, Culpeper County Parks Superintendent

 II. Weed I.D. & Control Options (Sponsored by Turface) A weed walk offering hands-on tips for identification of common and troublesome weeds in both turf and landscape bed situations and how this relates to pesticide choice, application timing, and selection.  T-5, T-6, T-7 (45 min)

Dr. Shawn Askew, Associate Professor Virginia Tech

 III. Vendors


12:00-1:20 Lunch provided by Premier Sports


Pesticide Recertification Part 2. (Sponsored by Landscape Supply Inc.)

Lenn Park 18063 Stevensburg Road, Culpeper VA 22701

 2:00 – 2:50 Legal Update. EPA certification rule and Virginia pollinator protection plan. Other topics discussed will be recordkeeping, complaint investigations, routine inspections, pesticide storage, disposal and use.   Q & A. L-1, L-2, L-3, L4, L-5, and T-4. (50 min)

Tom Burke, VDACS Inspector

 2:55- 4:10 Pesticide Safety.  A discussion of environmental impacts and application equipment, including calibration and maintenance.  This presentation will also cover aspects of pesticide labeling, proper pesticide handling and associated personal protective equipment. T-1, T-2, T-3, T-4 (1 hr, 15 min)

Shawn Appling, Associate Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources

 4:10 -4:30 Integrated Pest Management for Ornamental Beds.  A discussion of management strategies for ornamental beds.  T-2, T-4 (20 min)

Dr. Mike Goatley, Professor, Virginia Tech


VENDORS:  You will have a designated set-up area and will be provided a table and 2 chairs.  You are welcome to bring a tent if you wish.

Here is a map of the venue:


$0.00 Field Day, free if member

$45.00 Field Day for non-members

$0.00 Donation

$300.00 Field Day Vendor

$25.00 Sports Turf Management, In the Transition Zone